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Sea of Memory: A Novel
Sea of Memory: A Novel by Enrico de Luca, Erri De Luca, Beth Brombert 0880016787 9780880016780
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Sea of Memory: A Novel by Enrico de Luca, Erri De Luca, Beth Brombert

During a summer holiday on an island off Naples in the 1950s, a sixteen-year-old boy, feeling guilty about Italys recent wartime past, is chagrined to find his family reluctant to answer his questions. Go read books, they tell him; its all there, but leave us alone. A local fisherman who befriends him is drawn into laconic replies that fill the gaps in the boys awareness of both Italian and German responsibility.<P>As the holiday progresses, the boy becomes obsessed with a mysterious, slightly older girl who is also vacationing on the island, and from her he learns what it meant to be a Jew under German domination. Through her story, the boy is consumed with the emotional experience of belonging to another time, another people, another place. Now, a few years after the wars end, Germans have once again invaded the Bay of Naples, but this time as well-heeled tourists. The boys newfound resentment bursts into a flame of retribution in a remarkable climax that leaves him, and the reader, with the understanding that the past can never be forgotten, nor can it be corrected.<P>In beautifully written prose, this short, unsentimental novel evokes the sensibility of adolescence, the discovery of love, and questions of guilt and survival.<P>She pulled so hard I couldnt resist without hurting her. I went to the record player and put on a slow song. She took me by the hand, placing my other one behind her back, and led me into the music. The others took advantage of the record to do the same. Why did you say Im an old man? I asked her, surprised by the deep timbre that issued from my throat.<P>Youve suddenly become an old man in a marvelous way. You are someone who has come from faraway, like me, someone who has disembarked in a new land, has gray hair, and wonders how he is going to get along.<P>The bite of the moray had left a pattern of holes: a pale letter on dark skin. Her hand was right on that spot and it was the most intimate gesture I had eve

Author: Enrico de Luca, Erri De Luca, Beth Brombert

Language: English

Edition: 1st

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 118

Publisher: Ecco

Publication Date: 1999-08-01

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ISBN: 0880016787

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